Monday, December 22, 2014

2014 book 311

Sarah Maclean's One Good Earl Deserves a Lover
Now, THIS is the kind of historical romance I can get behind. Like the Courtney Milan and Tessa Dare books, it's part of a series that shares characters, so the world feels a lot more robust. And there's none of that wishy-washy back-and-forth here, because this romance is a slow build (well, as slow a build can be that takes place in like two weeks of story). ANYWAY, in this one, science-minded Pippa--one of the sisters of the woman from the first book--approaches Cross--one of the co-owners of the gambling hall with the dude from the first book--with a desire to learn about, let's say, the mechanics of marital relations, as her wedding day draws near. Of course her fiance is perfectly nice, but they're not in love at all, and she finds Cross much more compelling (it's ok, he's secretly an Earl! That's not a spoiler, it's the first scene of the book). There is a little bit of the "I'm in love with her, but I'm a bad man and must let her go for her own sake" going on, but Pippa's brilliance wins the day. Really fun and just delightful in general. I am very much looking forward to the other two books in this series. A/A-.

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